Episode 203: Sam Tierney of Firestone Walker Takes the Dynamic Approach to Flavor
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Firestone Walker doesn’t rest on its laurels. Innovation and new product development are constants within the creative boundaries of flavor that define the brewery. Underpinning all of that is an expectation of quality—i.e., it’s Firestone Walker, so it has to be great. Sam Tierney, who heads up Firestone Walker’s Propagator brewery in Los Angeles, has carved out space in this high-performance organization, earning respect for flavor-driven experimentation that continues to feed into the evolution of Firestone Walker beers. In this episode, Tierney discusses: The parameters of the innovation process Triangulating experimental beers with new hops against existing brewery knowledge The consumer-focused tasting and evaluation process using Firestone taprooms Mind Haze and hop evaluation in the world of hazy beer The influence of Bavarian hefeweizen and Belgian witbier on hazy IPA How appearance affects flavor perception Moving to malted more than flaked ingredients How ABV affects hop expression Pushing beers to the “ester breaking point” Tailoring base recipes to ingredient approach in IPA Exploring hoppy lager and the impact of sulfur on hop expression And more. *This episode is brought to you by: * G&D Chillers (https://gdchillers.com): Born in the Pacific Northwest from a lot of hard work and singular goal, G&D has become the best damn chiller company in the world. Like you, G&D never settles—they are relentless and strive to be better every single day because they take pride in the work they do. They are craftsmen who know that "good enough" just won’t cut it. Visit G&D Chillers at the CBC, Booth #3011! Or reach out directly at GDChillers.com. BSG (https://bsgcraftbrewing.com/) Meet the latest in the BSG Hop solutions portfolio, Citiva. Strong expressions of stone fruit, floral, and resinous/pine flavors and aromas define this blend, crafted specifically for use in hazy IPAs, and other hop-forward beers. Citiva is ideal for aroma, whirlpool, and dry hop additions to Hazy and Juicy IPAs, or for any other hoppy styles where a combination of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine aromatics are desired. Go to bsgcraftbrewing.com to learn more, or call 1-800-374-2739. Old Orchard (https://www.oldorchard.com/brewer): A brewery might have 99 problems, but your fruit supplier shouldn't be one. Old Orchard is already known for their quality concentrates, but they also pride themselves on consistent product and reliable supply. When brewers need assistance, Old Orchard is just an email, phone call, or even a text away. Based in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan—better known as Beer City, USA—Old Orchard is core to the brewing community. To join their fruit family, learn more at www.oldorchard.com/brewer. ProBrew (https://www.probrew.com): Are you ready to Brew Like A Pro? ProBrew has the equipment, systems and technology to take your brewery production to the next level. Check out www.probrew.com for ProCarb inline carbonation technology, ProFill rotary filling & seaming can fillers, the Alchemator inline alcohol separation system, 7 – 50bbl Brewhouses and more! ProBrew offers the craft beer industry innovative solutions to help you Brew Like A Pro! Go to www.probrew.com for more info! Clarion Lubricants (https://www.clarionlubricants.com/Welcome.do): Your beer deserves all your attention. Clarion makes that a little easier. Their food-grade lubricants will help keep your system running smooth, while also safeguarding your product from costly contamination and recall. Because then you’ll be in full compliance with food safety standards. And it’s all thanks to a simple switch to Clarion. A food-safe system that lets you focus on your craft? We’ll drink to that. Go to clarionlubricants.com to learn more. Support Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine Podcast
Sam Tierney joins me to talk about Firestone Walker's Southern California outpost, where he runs the brewery in search of the next great FW beer.https://www.instagram.com/firestonewalker_propagator/https://www.firestonebeer.com/https://beertruth.com/https://www.instagram.com/beertruth.podcast/Music credit:“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4010-maccary-bayLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
In this episode hear from Adam Firestone of Firestone Walker Brewing Company as they celebrate 25 years of brewing the best beer! Learn about their humble beginnings and their now thriving beer company filled with unique and classic flavors. Firestone said the type of beer he likes depends on the occasion, hence at Firestone Walker they aim for a variety of flavors fit for any situation. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Discover Buellton The Meet Us in Buellton Podcast is a part of the Destination Marketing Podcast Network. It is hosted by McKenzie Felsted and produced by the team at Relic.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a brewery that we've long looked up to: they brew a tremendous portfolio of quality beers, they've got a number of locations around Southern California that shows off their authenticity so well, and they've maintained a distinct and clear voice throughout their brand. In the second episode of our third season of Reuben's Sightglass we sit down with David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker, to discuss the difficulties they've overcome in their 25 years of brewing, their vision for their brewery, the connection between brewers and farmers, and much more. Follow Reuben's Brews @ReubensBrews on Instagram and Twitter and please leave us a review and a rating at Apple Podcasts if you enjoy our show! You can also learn more about our brewery by visiting ReubensBrews.com, and we encourage you to visit us at our Taproom next time you are in Seattle!
118. David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Company
What We're Drinking with Dan Dunn
Firestone Walker has been making great beer on California's Central Coast for a quarter of a century. In celebration of the brewery's Silver anniversary, Dan is joined by co-founder David Walker, who knows more about beer than most... certainly more than Dan, anyway. They geek out about hops and water sources and haziness and all sorts of other cool beer stuff. Also, Dan relays a compelling "The Simpsons"-related bar story from one of LA's premier bartenders, Adam George Fournier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show 137: David Walker on Firestone Walker's 25th Anniversary
Today we speak to David Walker of Firestone Walker. The California brewery turns 25 this year, and its own evolution, from a brewery specializing in an English pale ale made on a modified Burton union system, to one purchased by a multinational brewery in the great consolidation phase of the middle-teens now featuring multiple product lines and locations, closely mirrors that of craft brewing itself. In our conversation, we use Firestone Walker’s experience to refract the lessons of the past 25 years of American brewing.
Episode 171: Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson is Relentless in Pursuit of Quality
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For many brewers, winning a medal at the Great American Beer Festival or World Beer Cup is a career-defining accomplishment. Winning two or three establishes a reputation. Win a dozen and it’s a legacy. Yet Matt Brynildson, the brewmaster and creative force behind so many now-classic Firestone Walker beers, counts more than 90 such medals over his brewing career, now stretching into its third decade. For analogues in the sports world you’d have to consider names like Brady, Messi, or Jordan—but unlike them, Brynildson plays just about every position. The medals he’s won cross a breadth of styles, from helles to IPA to barrel-aged stout and mixed culture Brett beer. Under Brynildson’s brewing leadership, Firestone Walker has won GABF medals for the past 18 years straight, taking home four Mid-Size Brewery of the Year honors along the way. Sports hyperboles aside, there’s a method to these winning ways, and it all comes back to quality and constant improvement. With a background in chemistry, Brynildson has matched a technician’s perfectionism to the soul of an artist, absorbing and deploying technical processes to make the best beer possible, while also exploring the creative edge of differentiation and expression that helps his beers stand apart from the crowd. In this extended episode, he discusses: The knowledge he recently gained spending a year brewing in Europe with Duvel-Moortgat The importance of the 162°F (72°C) rest when mashing less-modified malts Takeaways from the 2020 Hops Growers of America annual conference How the Hops Quality Group has worked to close the loop between farmers and brewers The necessity of foam Evaluating new hops, from selecting away from negative traits to running parallel trials Why Citra doesn’t figure heavily in the brewery’s approach to hops Coaxing punchier results out of German varieties like Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon Differences in practices between German and US hop farming The key indicators of quality in hops Creating the 805 blonde ale and building a brewery to handle it Firestone Walker’s entrance into the hazy IPA world, with Mind Haze Current R&D with fruited iterations of hazy IPA Building quality into the DNA of the brewery, so that it lasts for generations While Matt loves hops, he’s particularly fond of swimming against the tide, and finding creative ways of building compelling flavors without resorting to more common default approaches. “We actually have a harder time integrating a high percentage of hops like Citra and Mosaic into our beers,” says Brynildson. “We’re probably one of those rare West coast IPA brewers [where] Citra isn’t a major deal. I sell more Citra to Duvel to make Duvel Triple Hop than I use in this brewery, if that tells you anything. Over time, we’ve found that rather than it being the main player—because everybody else’s beer kinda tastes and smells that way—it has found its way into more of a niche of enhancing, amplifying, not being the star.” *This episode is brought to you by: * G&D Chillers (https://gdchillers.com): As the brewing industry’s premier choice for glycol chilling, G&D Chillers has set the standard on quality, service, reliability and dedication to their customer’s craft. New this year, Redundancy meets Efficiency! G&D’s Micro-Channel Condensers are built with all aluminum construction which eliminates galvanic corrosion. Using half the refrigerant of conventional condensers with fewer brazed connections, translates to a lower GWP and less opportunity for leaks. Call G&D Chillers today to discuss your project or reach out directly at GDChillers.com. BSG (https://bsgcraftbrewing.com/) This episode is brought to you by Rahr North Star Pils, a new base malt to set your compass by. Rahr North Star Pils is crafted for brewers looking for a domestic pilsner malt with low color and low modification. North Star Pils carries overtones of honey and sweet bread, supported by flavors and aromas of hay and nutty character. Suitable for any beer style, but particularly craft brewed versions of classic lagers. Let Rahr North Star Pils guide your craft by visiting BSGCraftbrewing.com, or contact BSG at 1.800.374.2739. Old Orchard (https://www.oldorchard.com/brewer): The world of craft beer is a different place now. Margins are more important than ever, so why not lower your ingredient cost? Craft juice concentrates from Old Orchard are the cost-effective solution for your fruit-forward needs. Old Orchard produces high volumes of their retail juice brand, so economies of scale keep prices low for their bulk supply program. A little concentrate goes a long way, and you won't lose some of it through filtering like you would with purees. To start increasing your margins now, head on over to www.oldorchard.com/brewer. Brewery DB® (https://www.marketmybrewery.com): For years, BreweryDB® has been the industry’s only professionally curated source of brewery and beer information – and responsible for mapping millions of visits to breweries all across the United States. In early 2021, BreweryDB® will reveal a whole new platform with all new marketing features for breweries to attract craft lovers to their unique brewery experience. To take full advantage of the enhanced marketing power of BreweryDB® – and to increase your tap room traffic, visit MarketMyBrewery.com, that’s MarketMyBrewery.com. It’s easy and it’s free! ABS Commercial (https://www.abs-commercial.com): ABS Commercial is excited to be a part of today’s Podcast! ABS is a full brewery outfitter offering brewhouses, tanks, keg washers and small parts. 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Firestone Walker not only has one of the coolest stories around, but also some of the best beer and cans around! If you dont have an 805 can in your collection you are missing out! Mind Haze might seriously be the best Hazy beer ever made. Its dangerous on many levels, but that Hazy Headache Kyle will wake up with tomorrow will mean a show well done! Cheers,Nick and Kyle
Aaron Potratz (LA Territory Sales Manager at Firestone Walker)
So Now That We're Talking...
Aaron Potratz is the LA Territory Sales Manager for Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We talk about the importance of finding a job and company you are passionate about working for, the power of positive mental thinking and self-motivation, the lies we tell ourselves in life and the dangers of doing so as a means of avoiding vulnerability/self-analysis, and so much more...